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5 extraordinary new places in 2017
With 2017 unfolding ahead of us it’s time to get planning. Why not organise your next holiday around something that’s brand new? Here is our selection of the most exciting new building projects and cultural institutions that are set to open soon. With awe-inspiring architecture and futuristic themes, there’s something to capture your imagination in any of these building projects. Vertical promenades, subtle, minimalist designs and street art galleries: get ahead of the curve and check out some of these amazing projects in the pipeline.
Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi
An unprecedented cultural bridge between France and the UAE, the long-awaited Louvre Abu Dhabi is now in its final stages of development and the museum is set to open in 2017. Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel was behind the design. The museum spans a handful of islands cooling their heels in the water, shaded by an elegant dome: this is Arabic architecture deconstructed and reconstructed with a refreshing, modern elegance.  The collections that are to be housed in this space aim to bring cultures together. Rather than dividing objects from geographical places and different cultures, the exhibition journey will follow a single thread of the development of civilisation, highlighting shared human experiences and artistic sensibilities. Stay at the Tulip Inn Al Rahba near Abu Dhabi and you’ll be perfectly placed to experience this brand new cultural gem.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Cultural District - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Marrakesh, Yves Saint Laurent Museum
How about treating yourself to a Moroccan holiday with a dash of chic, French style? Stay at the Golden Tulip Farah Marrakesh and pay a visit to the brand new Museum of Yves Saint Laurent, set to open in Autumn 2017. Wander through the peaceful Majorelle Garden and discover the terracotta curves of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, designed by Studio KO.  The smooth, uncluttered surfaces of the elegant, minimalist building are lightly textured with a pattern that resembles woven fabric. It will house a fabulous collection of clothes and accessories, sketches and objects illustrating the life and work of the French designer who found a great deal of inspiration in this city.
Berlin, Urban Nation Museum of Contemporary Urban Art
Street art is very much a part of Berlin’s identity, so it’s only natural that a museum of street art should be in the pipeline for the German capital. Due to open mid-2017, the Museum of Contemporary Urban Art will be housed in a restored former residential building on Bülowstrasse in the Schöneberg district, a mere 15 minute walk from Golden Tulip Hamburg Hotel in Berlin. Architects at Graft are turning the building into a surprising space in which every wall surface will serve as a canvas for urban art.
Urban Nation, Bülowstraße 97, 10783 Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany
Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Image and Sound
Taking Copacabana beach as their inspiration, architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the new building which will house the Museum of Image and Sound with a kind of vertical promenade on its façade. Visitors can follow a ramp up to the roof, a kind of folded ribbon echoing the famous beachfront promenade. Stay at the Golden Tulip Copacabana Hotel and you’ll be a short walk away from the museum on the beachfront road Avenida Atlantica. While the façade has already been completed, the building as a whole is in the fourth and final phrase of construction and is set to open in 2017. Inside this iconic new building, you’ll be able to learn more about the musical history of Rio, from samba and bossa nova to the famous Rio carnival.
Museum of Image and Sound, Avenida Atlantica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Paris, Galeries Lafayette Foundation
One of the most famous department stores in the world, the Galeries Lafayette now has its own art foundation. Occupying a 19th century industrial building in the historic Marais district in Paris, the new Galeries Lafayette Foundation will celebrate contemporary art in all forms, encompassing fashion, visual arts, design and dance. Rem Koolhaas’s architectural firm OMA is behind the ambitious conversion of the Marais site. The site will feature a state-of-the-art flexible exhibition platform in the central courtyard of the five-storey building. The opening of this new foundation in 2017 is sure to be one of the most exciting events of the year. The Golden Tulip Little Palace hotel in the heart of Paris offers an ideal base for visiting the new foundation.
Galeries Lafayette Foundation, 9 rue de Plâtre, 75004 Paris
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